The Perfect Pepperoni Pizza: A Slice of Heaven at Home recipe

The Perfect Pepperoni Pizza: A Slice of Heaven at Home

by Shahir Nazib Rakib (@shahirnazib001)
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This recipe unlocks the secrets to achieving an American classic: the perfect pepperoni pizza. Forget delivery, because with this simple guide, you'll be a pizzaiolo (pizza maker) in no time!


2 Servings
(1 serving = 1/2 medium-sized (12-inch) pizza)

For the Crust

  • 14 1/8oz
    store-bought pizza dough

For the Sauce

  • 14 7/8oz
    crushed tomatoes
  • 1tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4tsp
  • 1pinch
    red pepper flakes

For the Toppings

  • 1cup
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2cup
    sliced pepperoni

How to make The Perfect Pepperoni Pizza: A Slice of Heaven at Home

  1. Preheat your oven to the highest temperature it reaches, ideally between 475°F (245°C) and 500°F (260°C). This high heat is crucial for achieving a crispy crust.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup (optional).

  3. If using store-bought dough, follow the package instructions. If fresh, gently roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle. Aim for a thin to medium thickness, about 1/4 inch. You can also stretch the dough by hand for a more rustic look.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir well to create a smooth sauce.

  5. Transfer the dough (or pre-made crust) to the prepared baking sheet. Spread the sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. This ensures a nice, puffy crust.

  6. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce. Don't skimp here! A generous amount of cheese is key to a delicious pizza.

  7. Top the cheesy goodness with the sliced pepperoni. Arrange them in a single layer, distributing them evenly across the pizza.

  8. Slide the pizza into your preheated oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Keep an eye on it, as baking times can vary depending on your oven.

  9. Once the pizza is golden and bubbly, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes before slicing. This allows the cheese to set and prevents burning your mouth! Slice into wedges and enjoy your homemade masterpiece.

Tips & Tricks

  1. For a more artisanal touch, try making your own pizza dough. However, store-bought dough is a fantastic time-saver and delivers great results.

  2. Want to add a little extra flavor? Drizzle the pizza with a touch of hot honey or sprinkle with red pepper flakes after it comes out of the oven.

  3. While mozzarella is the classic choice, you can explore other cheeses like provolone or cheddar for a different taste experience.

  4. Reheat leftover pizza in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until warmed through.


Recipe by

Shahir Nazib Rakib


I am a passionate food researcher, developing recipes for clients and creating signature recipes.

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